Reston Primary School pupils had a very practical lesson on rail safety this week from both Virgin East Coast staff and British Transport Police.
The school’s P5/6/7 class travelled down to Berwick station by bus, took the train to Edinburgh and were met off the train by the transport police.
The school’s parent council helped fund the trip, organised to raise the children’s awareness of potential dangers on the railway. The east coast main line passing very close to the school and their homes, plus there is the possibility of a new station opening in the village.
Explaining why they supported the lesson in rail safety one parent said: “Reston PS Parent Council and Virgin Community Enterprise organised a rail safety trip for the P5/6/7 class.
“This is particularly relevant given the proximity of the east coast main line to our school and homes and, since some of our pupils may be starting to travel without adult supervision, it is crucial that they are aware of the potential dangers.”
Train speed and electric power lines are the main dangers: trains travelling at 125mph travel quarter of a mile in seven seconds; if you or anything you are holding gets close to the overhead electric power line or the rail line on the ground you could be electrocuted.